Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan has welcomed the allocation of an additional $1.18 million to support vital child care services in the region and help meet the needs of local families.
Mr Tehan said 11 services will receive funding through the Morrison Government’s Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) which helps improve access to child care and increase workforce participation in remote, regional and disadvantaged communities.
“Access to high-quality child care is vital to our society and the Morrison Government is investing in programs to improve capacity and services at facilities, allowing more families to be supported,” said Mr Tehan.
“I am delighted to announce the following local facilities are among those to benefit from this funding:
• Glenelg Shire Council received $60,000 for the Karreeta Peeneeyt Mara Portland Child And Family Complex and $150,000 for the Kathleen Millikan Centre
• The Young Men's Christian Association of Ballarat received $120,000 for the Portland YMCA OSHC and $240,000 for the Ararat 800 OSHC and Vacation care ($120,000 community and sustainability respectively)
• Colac Otway Shire Council received $48,000 for the Colac Otway Family Day Care
• Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Limited received $162,000 for the Warrnambool Uniting Church Occasional Care Centre
• St Patricks Primary School – Koroit received $75,000 for the St Patrick's Outside School Hours Care
• Corangamite Shire Council received $240,000 for the Corangamite Shire Council Family Day Care Service
• Moyne Shire Council received $47,794 for Hawkesdale & District Family Services Centre and $43,343 for Chatsworth Child Care
Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said more than 640 child care services around Australia would share in more than $100 million through the program.
“We are committed to giving every Australian family access to quality child care, regardless of where they live or their circumstances,” Minister Tudge said.
“In some remote areas, there may only be one or two child care services operating and it is critical we keep these open and help improve and expand facilities so more kids can attend.
“This program also helps services to run initiatives that reduce barriers which may otherwise prevent local kids from accessing care.
Minister for Regional Education Bridget McKenzie said the CCCF would help ensure child care continued to be available for many families in Wannon.
“These grants will have tangible benefits for child care providers that will flow to local children and their families,” Minister McKenzie said.
“It means more families in Wannon can take advantage of our Child Care Subsidy if they choose to work, learn or volunteer.”
Including today’s announcement, the Government has allocated more than $220 million to over 1,000 child care services through the Community Child Care Fund since 2018.
The Morrison Government is investing around $10 billion in child care this year to support around 1 million families. Our Budget delivered further support to reduce the out of pocket costs for parents with multiple children aged under six in care and a commitment to a $2 billion preschool funding agreement for access to early learning for all children in the year before school.
More information on the Community Child Care Fund can be found on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.